David Jukes

Senior Recruitment Consultant

David Jukes Senior Consultant HorizonOne Recruitment Specialist Recruiter Canberra

What career background and qualifications shaped you for a career in recruitment?

Over ten years in hospitality management has meant that I have been on the pointy end of recruiting staff for a long time. I have recruited literally hundreds of people from casual food and beverage attendants to quality assurance and operational managers. This has given me excellent grounding around what core attributes and attitudes makes a great employee.

More recently I have worked in account management roles and this is where I have really honed my client management and communication skills.

What is the best thing about your job?

I enjoy meeting and engaging with people. Sounds simple but I am a simple man to please. Working in an industry where your service delivery, network and reputation are more important than your qualifications is a great fit for me.

I also really enjoy the ongoing relationships I am able to build. I have worked with a number of my candidates on multiple occasions over the last few years now and it’s very rewarding to be able to help them move through their career goals.

What do you believe are the 3 key elements to being successful in recruitment?

  1. Honesty
  2. Integrity
  3. Passion for learning

What would you say is different about HorizonOne’s approach to recruitment?

I believe that HorizonOne strives to provide a truly professional service. Again it sounds simple but very hard to deliver consistently in practice. To be a professional recruitment organisation it takes a commitment to excellence, to holding yourself accountable to your clients and candidates, understanding and empathy for people, and the enthusiasm to deliver results on a daily basis.

How would you describe yourself?

I think I am a hardworking and energetic person who is easy to get along with and likes to have a laugh.

What is something you do outside of work others would be surprised by?

I am a super keen gardener and a self-proclaimed master chef!  My herbs and veggie patch are my pride and joy and I love to take the fresh ingredients from my garden and use them to create delicious meals for my family.  Nothing better than relaxing after a day in the office with a home cooked meal, a glass of wine and watching Star Wars: The Clone Wars for the 100th time with my twin boys.

Who is the biggest stirrer in the office? Give us a good example?

Definitely Archie. I remember in his first couple of weeks Archie peed right on the floor next to Simon. Very funny and a little gross, but clearly a power move from the little guy. (Archie is David Harrington’s dog)